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Construction worker who died in Boston fell 6 floors down stairwell shaft, police say ‘nothing suspicious’

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Construction worker who died in Boston fell 6 floors down stairwell shaft, police say ‘nothing suspicious’

The construction worker who died at an East Boston site fell about six floors down a stairwell shaft, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA has launched inspections of the subcontractor and the project’s general contractor, a spokesman for the federal agency said Thursday.

A Boston Police spokesman also said there’s “nothing suspicious” about the death.

The unidentified worker died Wednesday morning at the construction site located at 187 Sumner St. The address is at the corner of Paris Street and near the Maverick T station.

Upon arrival, Boston Police investigators found an adult male, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The worker was employed by a subcontractor, Evolution Iron Works of Woburn, according to OSHA.

“OSHA opened inspections yesterday of Evolution Iron Works and of the project’s general contractor, New England Construction,” an OSHA spokesman said. “Those inspections are ongoing. OSHA does not discuss the specifics on ongoing inspections.”

When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA may issue citations and fines. OSHA must issue a citation and proposed penalty within six months of the violation.

The president and CEO of New England Construction said the company “suffered a loss of life on one of our projects yesterday and our thoughts today are with the deceased gentleman’s family, friends, and co-workers.”

“We are actively and cooperatively working with safety and law enforcement officials in their investigation of this tragedy, and we will be unable to comment further until that work has been completed,” Matt Sluter added. “A loss of life affects us all. We have been in business for nearly four decades and this was the first time we have experienced such a loss.

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Ravens starting RT Patrick Mekari leaves game vs. Steelers with hand injury, could be out a few weeks

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Ravens starting RT Patrick Mekari leaves game vs. Steelers with hand injury, could be out a few weeks

Ravens starting right tackle Patrick Mekari left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not return.

After the game, coach John Harbaugh said the offensive lineman could be out a few weeks.

Mekari limped off the field in the second quarter, favoring his ankle. He was replaced by Tyre Phillips, but then returned the next series.

But Phillips took over at right tackle later in the third quarter, and the team said Mekari was doubtful to return with a hand injury.

Mekari injured his ankle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 24 and missed nearly a month, including two games. He returned on Nov. 21 against the Bears in Chicago and played every snap last week against the Cleveland Browns.

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Dorchester fire displaces 12 people during holiday season

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Dorchester fire displaces 12 people during holiday season

Twelve people were left homeless during the holidays after a Dorchester triple-decker burned to the ground over the weekend.

Boston firefighters rushed to 383 Geneva Ave. around 8:30 p.m. Saturday for reports of “heavy fire showing,” the department said.

Crews immediately ordered a second alarm when they realized all three floors were entirely engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters rescued a cat, Simba, as the fire tore through the home. Firefighters were able to reunite the cat with his family, officials said.

Companies knocked down the heavy fire just after 9 p.m. but were continuing to douse hot spots to keep them from flaring up into the night on Saturday, the department said. Detail companies remained on scene to monitor the building.

Six adults and six children were displaced in the fire and the Red Cross responded to assist at the scene and to offer assistance finding housing, officials said.

Video of the fire shared on the department’s Twitter page shows flames shooting up the side of the building to the roof line.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

The Geneva Avenue fire was one of several blazes Boston firefighters fought to knock down over the past several days. Firefighters also responded to three-alarm blazes at 1063 Washington St. on Friday and 95 Washington St. on Dec. 1.

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

Hope your shovels are at the ready.

The Bay State could be in store for the season’s first widespread accumulating snowfall this week, as meteorologists track a possible nor’easter that could impact the region on Wednesday.

Forecasters over the weekend continued to stress that many questions remain about the system, and specific snow amounts and details are uncertain at this point.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” said Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office. “There are models showing different things, so it’s much too early to say right now.”

There’s also a lot of uncertainty about the track of the storm. One model shows that it will go too far south and east of the region.

And forecasters are still tracking the placement of the rain/snow line.

“The question will be whether it is cold enough for 1 inch per hour snowfall rate to materialize and how much snow can accumulate before potential mixing or changeover to rain especially along the Boston-Providence corridor,” a National Weather Service forecast discussion reads.

“There is above average uncertainty with the Boston-Providence corridor because either it could be a mostly rain event or it could be the sweet spot for significant snowfall accumulation if the colder air holds its ground,” the discussion continues. “So plenty for snow lovers to ponder over and continually monitoring over the next couple of days.”

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